On the 9th of June, Ministries of Education in the Steering Committee of European Schoolnet elected a new Chair, Jan de Craemer, who replaces Giovanni Biondi in this position.

The education system is constantly evolving and offering new learning opportunities. Students are now encouraged to combine various academic subjects in their learning process. But are they fully prepared for the changes they will face later on? Do they have the tools and knowledge to engage in professional life? Are they also prepared for the digital and economic changes our society is facing?

On the 9th of June, the European Schoolnet Steering Committee, comprised of 33 member Ministries of Education, elected Jan De Craemer (Belgium) to become the new Chair of European Schoolnet for a 4-year mandate. At this position, he will replace Giovanni Biondi.

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that crises do not impact everyone and every sector in the same way. According to the OECD : "SMEs [small and medium-sized enterprises] have often been more affected than large firms by the COVID-19 crisis". However, despite their losses, they have shown us once more how important their role is in strengthening the global economy and supporting other sectors.

3 June marks the go live of Digital SkillUp – an EU-funded learning tool designed to empower all European citizens and SMEs with knowledge on emerging technologies. Thanks to its custom online courses and a catalogue of additional top-quality training opportunities, Digital SkillUp makes learning about technology easy, accessible, and engaging.

To help bridge the digital skills gap in Europe, the European Commission has created the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform, the new home of high-quality information, initiatives and resources on digital skills from across Europe.

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assess@Learning policy experimentation plays its full role as it has the potential to help policy makers and schools to turn the challenges posed by the pandemic into an opportunity to transform education.

Through a selection of timeless European films, immerse yourself and your students in film education. Breathe life into your history, French, or geography lessons by compiling them with our selection of films and documentaries from the European film heritage.

Online learning – particularly when offered at scale in the form of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – offers the potential to address the constant, global need for more teacher training. Nevertheless, there are many reasons why teachers may be hesitant to study in a fully online programme.

Covid-19 put digital infrastructures at schools and homes to the test. Policy makers discussed first lessons learned from the crisis during an online webinar, with a focus on Belgium, Finland and Estonia. As in many other areas, the outbreak of Covid-19 only amplified issues related to digital infrastructure that already existed prior to the crisis.